Library News

Summer 23

African Tales

We’ve got a great selection of the African tales and information books that are being shared around the school for arts week. CPA Librarian Caroline will be reading African tales all week.

Celebrating Earth Day 2023

Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EARTHDAY.ORG including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries. The official theme for 2023 is Invest In Our Planet.

Here are some books that we have been looking at in the library.

We're supporting Neurodiversity Celebration Week March 13 - 19 2023
A display of books in the CPA library celebrating neurodiversity
Siena Castellon and her book The Spectrum Girls Survival Guide

Spring 2023

Neurodiversity Celebration Week

Neurodiversity Celebration Week takes place from 13 March to 19 March and is a worldwide initiative which began in 2018. It was founded by Siena Castellon, an autistic teenager with ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxia. Siena had a desire to change the way that learning differences are thought about.

To help celebrate there is a new display in the library so come and take a look! Some of the books on display include:

The Ice-Cream Sundae Guide to Autism: An Interactive Kids’ Book for Understanding Autism by Debby Elley
The Infinite by Patience Agbabi
Ways to Be Me: The third powerful story of autism, empathy and kindness by Libby Scott and Rebecca WestCott
Ellie Jelly and the Massive Mum Meltdown by Sarah Naish
Charlie Star by Terry Milne
A Different Sort of Normal by Elle McNicoll
Frankie’s World: A Graphic Novel by Aoife Dooley

There are many other interesting books to look out for including:
A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll
Leo and the Octopus by Isable Marinov
Pablo at the Zoo by Pablo
The Spectrum Girls Survival Guide by Sienna Castellon
Amazing Me, Amazing You by Christine McGuinness

There are lots of great activities to get involved with. You can find out more about  Neurodiversity Celebration Week here.

Sleep Reading List

National Story Telling Week

To celebrate storytelling week, taking place from 30 January to 5 February 2023, we have created a fantastic programme of events and resources that will enable you to take your pupils on a journey from listening to stories to becoming young storytellers themselves.

These include the chance to join us for a live storytelling event with professional storyteller and author Wendy Shearer on 30 January, suitable for KS1 and KS2.

In addition, we have storytelling activities for learners across a wide age range covering Early years, KS1, KS2 and KS3.

Find out more about our activities here on the National Literary Trust Website.

Nature and Birdwatching

Learn more about the the world around you and its creatures by having a look our reading list on nature and birdwatching. Come to the library to find out more.

Home Learning Resources:

Online Book Resources
Online Book Resources For PMLD And ASD Sensory

The Book of Hopes was put together in the first lockdown and shared for free online before being available to buy in print, they took it off site last term but have made it freely available again during this lockdown. It includes new short stories, poems, illustrations, and extracts from existing books (my favourite bit is Catherine Johnson’s poem on page 6):

Caroline recommends: Library Book list.pdf

The National Literacy Trust

The National Literacy Trust have launched the Virtual School Library with a different guest author or illustrator every week, a chance to read one of their books for free (sometimes an audio version) and download related activities.

Online Museums 

National museum of the American Indian:

storytelling online with librarian at screen
Girl at desk with a device

Free Online resources


Recommended reads

Storytimes Online

This term classes Aldgate, Green Park, Piccadilly, St James Park, and Baker Street all have TEAMS storytimes with me:

9.45 Aldgate
10.15 Baker Street
12.15 St James Park
12.30 Green Park


10.10 Baker Street
12.15 St James Park
1.45 Piccadilly


10.00 Aldgate
12.15 St James Park

The World Factbook


There are loads of really up to date facts and figures, and brilliant photographs, for anyone interested in finding out more about any country! The World Factbook – The World Factbook (

Books for Topics


Text © Books for Topics

With access to libraries, classrooms and bookshops limited for many,  we’ve been busy finding some of the best online storytimes for children to access freely at home. The QR codes and links in the document link to story readings on Youtube and all of the books we’ve chosen are read aloud by their fabulous authors and illustrators.


Sombre book cover with a dark outer circle and sad looking European child with sun in the background

Caroline recommends

A Shelter for Sadness by Anne Booth and David Litchfield is a beautiful picture book for all ages, exploring the nature of sadness.

Teenage brown girlwith a big afroin a mystical setting wearing contemporary clothing

Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston is first in an epic middle grade supernatural adventure series, soon to be a major movie starring Marsai Martin. Perfect for fans of Percy Jackson, Nevermoor and Men in Black! Amari Peters knows three things: Her big brother Quinton has gone missing. No one will talk about it. His mysterious job holds the secret. So when Amari gets an invitation to the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, she’s certain this is her chance to find Quinton. But first she has to get her head around the new world of the Bureau, where mermaids, aliens and magicians are real, and her roommate is a weredragon.

Storytelling and Resources

Caroline our librarian recommends some fantastic website for families to enjoy while their children are home learning or at school.


Reading Black Lives Matter

  • Zoe Tillotson, our English Advisory Teacher has compiled a reading list with titles that can be found in our library. Please remember to contact Caroline for any books as the library is no entry at the moment.

Over the last few months there has been significant media coverage of the Black Lives Matter campaign. This is a good time then, for those of us in education to reflect on our practice and ask ourselves how we can promote genuine inclusion, equality and be pro-actively anti-racist. One area that always demands scrutiny is the curriculum. What is absent and excluded sends a strong message. To that end, the English team at CPA have been creating a new English Curriculum and making sure it includes positive and diverse representations of young Black people by contemporary writers. Some of the books we have chosen to include are listed below. I hope you’ll be as excited as we are by the choices we’ve made.

Download reading list here: Black Lives Matter


Recommended Websites

Oxford Owl eBook library (phonics books)

The World Book Day website has lots of readings of books for a range of ages and interests

BookTrust Hometime has new stuff added regularly



Phonics games:



Creative writing:

Authorfy masterclasses:





PODCASTS: This is a great selection of podcasts, aimed at Pathways 1 and 2 students, focusing on COVID-19 but they have different themed sets:


Tiny Owls: An independent, global publisher of beautiful multicultural picture books for EVERYONE! New videos every Friday. Tiny Owl stories:

Michael Rosen: Visit Michael Rosen’s websites for storytelling videos.
‘Here you will be able to read about me, my books and what I’m doing.’ – Michael Rosen

Text © Lantana Publishing
Tomorrow: In this storytime video, Nadine Kaadan reads her book Tomorrow (2018), a moving and uplifting story about a little boy named Yazan wishing he could go outside and play. Nadine wrote this story to express what she saw happening around her in Damascus. But now we feel that children from all over the world may be feeling the same way as Yazan, forced to stay home during lockdown and longing to see their friends and even go back to school.
Link: Tomorrow | Youtube

Text © Oliver Jeffers
For all you folks stuck at home in the coming weeks due to COVID, I will be reading one of my books every weekday, and talking about some of the things that went into making it. We are all at home, but none of us are alone. Let’s be bored together. Watch LIVE on Oliver’s instagram (@oliverjeffers) at 7 PM GMT/ 2 PM EST.  Link:

One Chapter a Day: Author and illustrator Tom Percival reading Attack of the Heebie Jeebies, one chapter a day. Link:

Nosy Crow: While so many of us around the world are currently at home and staying inside with young children, we want to help – so we’ve put together lots of activities, resources, free Nosy Crow books and other content which we hope will help keep your families happy.

Resources to download link:


Sarah McIntyre: Silly sharks galore! Learn how to draw your own shark with the writer and illustrator of There’s a Shark in the Bath, and sing along with the shark song! Find more book-related activities at Link:

Rob Biddulph:  Rob is an internationally bestselling and multi award-winning children’s author and illustrator. He is also the official World Book Day Illustrator for 2019, 2020 and 2021.


Book Trust: Lots of lovely interactive books to read online or watch with signing

Oxford owls: Loads of activities on Oxford Owls (including phonics books)